CT's Medical Marijuana Law Takes Effect Today

The new law follows one last year that decriminalized pot possession

Starting today, anyone who wants to use or sell marijuana for medicinal purposes can register with the state to do so.

The legalization of medicinal marijuana was approved by our state legislature this past May and the law, along with dozens of other new bills approved by the General Assembly in its spring session, goes into effect today. But it will likely be some time before mom and pop “pot” stores start popping up in your town. That’s because anyone who wants to sell or use marijuana for medical use must first get approval from the state and register with it.

The medical marijuana law came about a year after the state legislature agreed to decriminalize the recreational use of small amounts of marijuana. According to CT.com, Connecticut’s new marijuana law limits the use of pot for medical purposes to a specific list of conditions, including:

  • cancer 
  • glaucoma
  • AIDs
  • Parkinson's disease
  • multiple sclerosis

And while the website says it could take up to a year for the state to implement a system for approving marijuana distribution outlets, Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein told Ct.com that he expects the system to be in place much sooner.

Editor's note: This article originally was published at 2:22 p.m. The time stamp has been changed for layout purposes on the Home page of Darien Patch.

Siwanoy October 01, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I'm not sure how many "mom and pop" shops will be able to open up. According to the law, the producers "may" have to maintain an escrow account with 2 million dollars in it... it doesn't say under what circumstances they would be required to so its a big of grey area it seems. "Establish financial requirements for producers, under which (i) each applicant demonstrates the financial capacity to build and operate a marijuana production facility, and (ii) each licensed producer may be required to maintain an escrow account in a financial institution in this state in an amount of two million dollars;" - http://search.cga.state.ct.us/2012/TOB/H/2012HB-05389-R00-HB.htm


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